Thanks you all so much for your input.
It's really helpful to know it can work.
All my cats are adults and indoor/outdoor hence they were vaccinated and 
are they've mingled in places where FeLV+ cats had been.. hopefully it means 
it's working and/or they are immune.
I will exercise caution just the same as one is also Diabetic.

Thanks you so much and kudos to all of you for also not giving up on a kitty 
just because they are infected with this terrible disease.


From: "" <>
Sent: Fri, July 16, 2010 7:41:35 AM
Subject: Re: [Felvtalk] Fw: Re:   to Paola - Mixing positives & negatives

Paola, here is my two cents worth.  i have 8 cats, 2 are felv+.  my vet said as 
long as the negatives are up to date on their shots and the positives are not 
stressed out, have good food and given good care, there should not be any 
problem.  been 2 years + and still no problem.  they have hissing/slapping 
encounters, but no real biting.  everyone is fat, sassy and healthy, especially 
the felv+ girls.  of course, they were all at least 1yr old when i got them, 
kittens.  i did rescue 2 kittens headed for animal control (take them out along 
the highway and shoot them) and i could not let that happen.  they were 
but i kept them seperate from others until they had their kitten shots 
completed.  since then, they rule the house.  my babies all go in and out since 
i live in the middle of the woods, not  a lot of traffic on my gravel road.  
they come in at night because of coyotes, etc.  going out gives all a way to 
work off the excess energy and be prepared for a full night's rest.
---- Beth <> wrote: 
> Paola -
> In the past I have always mixed my positives & negatives. I did this on the 
>advice of my vet, who said I would simply stress the positives by keeping them 
>separate. I vaccinated my negatives every 6 months, again, on the advice of my 
>vet. One of my FeLV negatives was an FIV+ & in all the years I mixed, none of 
>negatives, including my FIV cat, ever go the FeLV.
> Right now I do not mix simply because one of my negative cats has Stomatitis 
> & 
>I recently spent $3,000 saving his life from Hemobartonella, which we believe 
>got from a depressed immune system because of the steroids he is on. So, 
>understandably, I am paranoid right now about exposing him to anything else.
> But when I did mix (and I had 5 positives & 5 negatives for a long while), I 
>didn't separate them in any way. They all shared food, water, litter; they 
>  each other, etc.
> All my negatives have been retested several times over the years & have 
>remained negative. 
> I even had a foster kitten who had FeLV & died from FIP. He lived in my 
> bedroom 
>with one of my negative cats for months. My cat never got the FeLV or the FIP.
> Beth
> Dont Litter, Fix Your Critter!   
> --- On Tue, 7/13/10, paola cresti <> wrote:
> From: paola cresti
>  <>
> To:
> Date: Tuesday, July 13, 2010, 12:17 AM
> a question, I saw posts from 2 people having FeLV+ cats in the house with non 
> affected cats. How do you gys manage that?
> I just rescued a stray that turned out to be incredibly sweet and FeLV+ but I 
> have 6 others that are indoor/outdoor  so they are all vaccinated for FeLV 
> but 

> since it's not 100% I am keeping rescue kitty in the garage and hoping to 
> find 

> someone with a closed household willing to take him as a sole cat or an 
> additional cat to a household with another FeLV+ cat.  Having no luck so far 
> (found a possible person with 2 infected cats in NY but I'm in Los Angeles) 
> I'm looking into what I must do if I keep him and for this I also joined this 
> listserv. Do you have them mingle? I figure food dishes should
>  definitely be 
> kept separate. My cats are indoor/outdoor and I caught a feral last year who 
> also FeLV+ so I'm thinking it's been going around and if they were likely to 
> catch it they might have already done so?
> I know it's not an exact science but this cat's desperate about being left 
> in a room, I sit with him for a while but when I leave he cries for a really 
> long time.
> Sorry for the long post.
> thanks
> Paola
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